Duo Sköld/Thorell was founded in 1999 and started up by winning the Wolfgang Jacobi competition in Munich/Germany. The duo has recorded for Swedish Radio P2 as well as Bavarian radio and South west German radio (SWR).
In January 2011 the duo released their debut album The Forbidden Saxophone (dB Production – dBCD138).
Swedish pianist and organist Magnus Sköld was born in Stockholm. He has studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, as well as the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, his teachers being Esther Bodin Karpe, Staffan Scheja and Liisa Pohjola.
Sköld is a sought after chamber musician and accompanist, a keyboard player eager to cross boundaries of styles and genres. He is a regular player of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm as well as the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist he has performed with various orchestras in Sweden and played on numerous recordings, radio and TV as well as on festivals in Europe and USA. He performs regularly with his duo partners, saxophonist Johannes Thorell and pianist Niina Uggeldahl.
Venus and Mars (PDF)
This program showcases some brilliant music by composers who happens to be women but also highlights the historical inequality in the classical music world.
3 Romances op.22 Clara Schumann
Circling Point Charlotte Bray
Tableaux de provence Paule Maurice
Sur la mémoire. Stella Sung
Sonate en Ut. Fernande Decruck
The Forbidden Saxophone (PDF)- relates to the horrific events that took place during World War 2. It includes wonderful music written by composers who for long could not present their work due to restrictions imposed by the Nazis. For this there were various reasons and being a Jew, like Haas and Milhaud, was the most obvious one. Schulhoff was probably one of the easiest for the Nazis to put on the list of degenerate composers since he also was Jewish, Communist and composed some pieces influenced by “Americanized” jazz music as well as created other types of non-German provocative music. In addition to this he took Soviet nationality in 1939 and was arrested the day after the termination of the German-Soviet pact in 1941.
By presenting this CD, I want you to discover some wonderful music that will take you from a (still) joyful Paris to the jazz clubs of Berlin but also on a trip to a Brno recently invaded by the Nazis.
I hope that you will enjoy this collection of music and that you will help preventing tragedies like the holocaust ever to happen again.
Ari Benjamin Meyers (1972) Beckmann in New York (2001)
Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) Hot-Sonata (1930)
Eman Balzar (1894-1942) Susi (1937)
Pavel Haas (1899-1944) Suite op.17 (1939)
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) Scaramouche (1939)